Blueberry Barrens and Addison Marsh

Where: Columbia & Addison

Monday, May 28

7:30 - 10 am

GuidesAmy Meehan, Maurry Mills

Join us for this trip to the barrens of Washington County in search of nesting Upland Sandpiper and Vesper Sparrow. These large, sandy plains were created by retreating glaciers and are ideal for cultivating low-bush blueberries, a major agricultural crop in this part of the state. We’ll be on the lookout for additional species that prefer these open and shrubby habitats, including Palm Warbler, Lincoln’s and Savannah Sparrows, Eastern Meadowlark, and Northern Harrier.

While we’re in the area, we’ll swing by Addison Marsh to look for migrating shorebirds and waterfowl such as Blackbellied Plover, Red Knot, and Greenwinged Teal. This large salt marsh attracts a variety of waders and dabblers, and offers good viewing opportunities from dry ground.

If time and weather permit, we may continue our birding in the South Addison or Harrington area for warblers and other migrants.

No strenuous hiking is involved.  Bring along snacks and a drink.

Meet at the small parking area in Jonesboro just west of the US 1 bridge over the Chandler River—about 24 miles south of Whiting on US 1 and about 8 miles south of Machias. The lot is on your left (the northbound side of US 1) and adjacent to a church. We will carpool from there up to the blueberry barrens, return to the vehicles, and caravan together to Addison where we will park in the Post Office parking lot. We will carpool again a short distance to the Addison marshes. Restrooms are available at convenience stores along the route.